|English Dictionary: paroxysm||by the DICT Development Group|
|2 results for paroxysm|
|From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:|
|From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:|
Paroxysm \Par"ox*ysm\, n. [F. paroxysme, Gr. [?], fr. [?] to|
sharpen, irritate; [?] beside, beyond + [?] to sharpen, from
1. (Med.) The fit, attack, or exacerbation, of a disease that
occurs at intervals, or has decided remissions or
2. Any sudden and violent emotion; spasmodic passion or
action; a convulsion; a fit.
The returning paroxysms of diffidence and despair.